History Advocate for the Kentucky Historical Society, Stuart Sanders, gives us a brief glimpse into the significance of the 50th anniversary of the integration of the SEC.07/19/19
Edward T. “Ned” Breathitt served as Kentucky’s governor from 1963 – 1967. Among his contributions to civil rights in Kentucky were his efforts in the passage of the 1966 Kentucky Civil Rights Act, which banned discrimination in public accommodations and employment. Breathitt also worked alongside UK president John Oswald in recruiting Nathaniel Northington.
In this audio clip, Gov. Breathitt talks about civil rights legislation in Kentucky and also his role in working with the University of Kentucky to recruit Nathaniel Northington.
(The interview is part of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project, Kentucky Oral History Commission, Kentucky Historical Society: http://passtheword.ky.gov/collection/civil-rights-movement-kentucky-oral-history-project)07/19/19
September 30, 1967 marks the 50th anniversary of the first integrated football game in the SEC between the University of Kentucky and the University of Mississippi. Following the tragic death of Greg Page on September 29, Nathaniel Northington became the first African American player to play in an SEC football game.07/19/19
Charles Bradshaw, head coach of the University of Kentucky football team from 1962 to 1968. Bradshaw played a role in signing the first African American players, Nathaniel Northington and Greg Page, to UK’s football team.07/19/19
Nathaniel “Nate” Northington signs with the University of Kentucky at the president’s office in Lexington, 1965. Standing behind Northington are (L to R) Kentucky governor Edward T. “Ned” Breathitt, UK football coach Charles Bradshaw, Thomas Jefferson High School football coach Jim Gray, and University of Kentucky president John W. Oswald. Courtesy of University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.07/19/19